There are two field workers stationed in Mohale and Transformation Resource Centre Ratau areas respectively to follow up on the issues of Resettlement, Compensation and Development. So far, 1979-2004 TRC has empowered the affected people to fight for their rights from the Lesotho Highlands Development This year is a special one for TRC. We are celebrating Authority (LHDA), an implementing organ of the Pro- our 25th Anniversary. For TRC, this quarter of a cen- ject. On the same wave-length, to some extent, TRC tury struggling for human rights and empowering those has succeeded in changing negative attitudes of the without power was “A long walk for Justice”. This LHDA personnel towards the affected people. struggle is going to continue with new challenges con- fronting us everyday. With a dedicated team we are try- TRC has documented its successes and lessons in ing to address these challenges as best as we can. working on the LHWP issues. Documentation ranges from written to audio-visual materials. TRC is part of We thank those who supported us in these past 25 years the networking movement on the whole range of issues and hope that they will continue to do so for the next 25 around the large dams. We network locally, regionally years. and internationally. Work for Justice Transformation TRC has published its newsletter Work for Justice quarterly since 1983 and its Sesotho supplement fol- www.trc.org.ls lowed shortly after. The newsletters deal in depth with current issues of development and democracy in Leso- tho and the region. Resource Centre Recent newsletters have focused on elections, constitu- Lesotho tional government, non-violent conflict resolution, mi- grant labor, education, health, the rights and roles of women in Lesotho, the Lesotho Highlands Water Pro- ject, economy, corruption and issues of security, pov- erty and development. “If you want Peace, WFJ always carries suggestions for action and further you have to work for Justice” reading. It is apolitical in position, and has firm root in the moral and spiritual teachings of Jesus. It is distrib- uted widely in high schools and among university fac- Transformation Resource Centre ulty and students. 1 Oaktree Gardens, Qoaling Road, Old Europa The project coordinates, facilitates and conducts re- search on a wide range of areas, mainly for publication P.O. Box 1388, Maseru 100, Lesotho in the Work for Justice Newsletter but also for other publications. Taking full advantage of our strong con- Phone: (+266) 2231 4463 tacts and networks locally, regionally and internation- Fax: (+266) 2232 2791 ally, we are able to collect and disseminate the freshest Email: firstname.lastname@example.org data for use by students, researchers, policy makers and other practitioners. In addition to books, the library contains periodicals, newspapers, TRC creates opportunities for open dialogue and public TRC reports, grey literature, reference works, encyclopedias, and vid- eos. We offer photocopying and faxing services, as well as com- debate on local and national governance issues through its Friends Meetings. We invite stakeholders from all sectors TRC is an ecumenical, non-governmental resource cen- puterized searches of our books. of society to attend. Friends’ Meetings provide a forum to tre for Justice, Peace and Participatory Development. It share information and ideas within civil society and be- was established by a South African couple, Jimmy and TRC seeks to build awareness of the Library through its Library tween NGOs and government. Joan Stewart, in 1979. Outreach Program. The Library staff travels to high schools around the country, introducing students and teachers to the TRC TRC reaches students by equipping and training teachers The end of Apartheid in 1994 spelt a new era in the Library and encouraging them to make use of its resources. The to teach on democracy, human rights, conflict manage- work of TRC. Like all other non-governmental organi- Outreach Program also informs students and teachers of other ment, and the Constitution. To do this, we develop teach- sations (NGOs) in Lesotho we were affected financially. TRC activites, and encourages them to become members of TRC. ing material for classrooms. In recent years, TRC has writ- TRC decided to abandon its regional focus for an inter- ten and published a simplified version of the Lesotho Con- Opening hours: stitution in English and Sesotho, with an accompanying nal one. Many challenges were waiting in the country: democracy education, the Lesotho Highlands Water Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm 180-page Teaching Manual. TRC has also produced a Project (LHWP), and conflict management. Saturday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm textbook for Conflict Studies, Conflict Studies for Leso- The TRC of today is a vibrant NGO with four main pro- tho, which forms part of the Development Studies curricu- jects: the Resource Centre, the Democracy project, the Admission fees: lum in Lesotho high schools. Water Project and Work for Justice. Members Free In addition to making these resources available to teachers, High school students M1 TRC conducts training workshops for teachers. We meet The highest governing body of TRC is the Annual Gen- Non-members M2 with Development Studies and History teachers from eral Meeting (AGM) of TRC members, immediately Library Membership: around the country to deepen their understanding of the under which there is a Board which is charged with the subjects they teach and to relate these to the development of responsibility of governing the Centre between the sit- Individual M 50 Lesotho. We also work with schools who don't offer those tings of the AGM. The Board consists of eight members High school student M 25 two subjects but want to engage in conflict management. elected by the AGM and ex officio Management Team School or other organisation M 100 members. Lesotho is currently undergoing a process of decentralisa- Members of TRC have free access to the library, and can borrow tion of government. Whereas government at the local level TRC Membership (per year): up to two books for two weeks at a time. Videos can be borrowed used to be squarely in the hands of traditional chiefs, these for two days at a surcharge of M 5. powers are now being placed in the hands of government- Organisations M200 appointed Interim Community Councils, soon to be re- Individuals M100 placed by democratically-elected Councils. This process is meeting resistance and confusion on the part of the chiefs Library Democracy Project and other community leaders. TRC is addressing this need The library is the foundation of TRC’s identity as a resource by holding workshops on local government, informing A healthy, functioning democracy is the aim of the Democracy centre for justice, peace, and participatory development in chiefs and community leaders of the changes that are tak- Project. A healthy democracy does not just mean democratic Lesotho. We make a variety of books and other materials ing place, and giving them a forum to air their concerns. institutions. It also requires that society at large be shaped by available for use by groups and individuals working in the democratic values and active in its own governance. Broad- fields of human rights, peace, democracy and participatory based participation in public affairs is the only long-term solu- development. tion to ensure competent and skillful governance in the interests Water Project of the people of Lesotho. Transformation Resource Center (TRC) has been actively Our collection focuses on community development, eco- nomics, management, agriculture, theology, conflict resolu- involved in the Lesotho Highlands Water Project For this reason, the Democracy Project focuses its efforts on (LHWP) activities since the inception of the project. TRC tion, human rights, regional history, and biography. We also civic education for the citizens of Lesotho. We aim to give citi- have books of African literature, Sesotho works, and books involvement has been particularly playing a role of Moni- zens information and training to be active participants in the toring, Advocacy and Community Empowerment on the for younger readers. affairs of their country. social and environmental issues of the LHWP.
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